The particular types of technology mentioned in this card will be cyclical. Twenty years ago there would have been web browsers and data warehouses. Today you’ll see AI and Machine Learning, and possibly distributed ledger technologies. In a year or two the fashions will change.

Some of these technologies are ground-breaking. Some of them aren’t. The key point is when a trend in tech goes beyond the realms of the geeks and the rest of the board start asking the question “Are we doing anything about…”

The priority isn’t so much about technology per se, more about the way in which a CIO’s organisation can flex to explore and accommodate new ways of doing things. That’s a people and structural challenge more than anything else.

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I’ve recently launched Stamp London’s first physical product – a set of playing cards called CIO Priorities. You can find out more about them here, and order a set for yourself here (or simply download the PDF and print them out).

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